MOSCOW – This weekend, Moscow is celebrating the City Day — 872 years since its foundation. VDNKh (lit. Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy) has become one of the centers of the festival. The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh) celebrated its 80th anniversary. Dozens of bright and fun events were prepared for residents and visitors of the capital over all the city districts. There were concerts, exhibitions, masterclasses, various fairs, folk festivals, and sports events. The holiday culminated in a magnificent, festive fireworks display, which illuminated the Moscow sky with a thousand colorful volleys.
The city has been the center of Russia for almost a millennium. For centuries, the city has had a central role in Russia’s social, scientific, cultural, economic and every other form of development. Moscow is Russia’s most populous city, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits, 17 million within the urban area and 20 million within the metropolitan area. It is the major political, economic, cultural, and scientific center of Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as the largest city (both by population and by area) on the European continent.